August 15th, 2012
Twenty-three Forty-one LGBT advocacy organizations have come together to isue a joint statement condemning today’s shooting at the Family Research Council’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. in which a guard was injured. You already have Timothy’s, Rob’s and my reactions from earlier today. I speak for everyone here at BTB in wishing for the guard’s swift recovery, along with our gratitude that the worst that could have happened didn’t happen.
Joint Statement Regarding Shooting at Family Research Council
From Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations
We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers.
The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.
Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
President, Freedom to Work
Executive Director, Fair Wisconsin
Founding Executive Director, Truth Wins Out
Executive Director, PROMO
Board Chair, Gender Rights Maryland
Deputy Director, MassEquality
Dr. Eliza Byard
Executive Director, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Executive Director, Family Equality Council
Executive Director, One Colorado
R. Clarke Cooper
Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans
Executive Director, San Diego LGBT Pride
Managing Director, GetEQUAL
Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats
Director of Policy, Equality Michigan
Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project
Lynn A. Faria
Interim Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda
Executive Director, Basic Rights Oregon
Joshua A. Friedes
Spokesperson, Equal Rights Washington
President, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
President, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Jody M. Huckaby
Executive Director, PFLAG National (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Executive Director, National Center of Transgender Equality
Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
Executive Director & CEO, The Trevor Project
Executive Director, True Colors Fund
Executive Director, API Equality-LA
Executive Director, The DC Center for the LGBT Community
Executive Director, Movement Advancement Project
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Donna Red Wing
Executive Director, One Iowa
Marisa Richmond, Ph.D.
President, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC)
Executive Director, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Executive Director, Pride at Work
Executive Director, Marriage Equality USA
Executive Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
Rachel B. Tiven, Esq.
Executive Director, Immigration Equality
President & CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute
President, Freedom to Marry
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